Onkel Wanja

Premiere 06.05.2021

Drama in four acts by Anton Chekhov

  • Recommended age: 12+
  • With English surtitles


A timeless tale of a patchwork family in the countryside

Withered passion. Mindless rut and financial woes. Love as torture. Idleness as a hobby. A celebration of mediocrity. It’s going to be fun!
This is the story: Vanya manages the estate of his deceased sister. With the proceeds he finances the career of his brother-in-law from his first marriage – an art professor he adores. One day the professor returns from the city aged and broke, but with a young and pretty new wife. Vanya’s niece, on the other hand, is in love with the idealistic country doctor. But he has got his eye on the professor’s new wife. Just like Vanya: He not only has to struggle with a sudden amorous obsession. His former idol also has unexpected plans. Sounds complicated? It’s not. Long story short: it ends up with shots being fired. But why?

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About the work

NEW! Digital bookstall

Together with our dramaturgy team, Basel’s arts centre Bider and Tanner has been curating the bookstall for our performances for many years. The wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues and even sheet music is now available 24/7 in the online shop. It’s worth taking a regular look.

Onkel Wanja

Künstlerisches Team